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A relaxed spring wedding in Stoke Newington

A relaxed spring wedding in Stoke Newington

Written by Laura Atri

Emma and Alex said their 'I do's at Clissold House, before moving to The Rose and Crown for their reception


Emma Block, 26, an illustrator, and Alex Hunter, 30, a musician, were married at Clissold House and held their reception at The Rose and Crown, both in Stoke Newington, London.

Budget: £5,000-£10,000

Flower budget: £1,500

Alex and I met when I was at university. We had been together for more than five years when he proposed in one of our favourite restaurants at the end of one of his gigs. He sang to me with all our friends around us, which was so magical.

I wanted our wedding style to be soft, romantic and inspired by springtime. I wanted subtle handmade and vintage touches, but nothing too overwhelming. As an artist, I have a very strong style in both my work and personal style, so it felt natural that this would carry over into the wedding.

It took us quite a while to find the right venue; most were just too big and grand for our small, laid-back wedding. It was such a relief to find Clissold House. It was a little bit unusual and had that relaxed, yet elegant vibe.

My dress was from French Connection – I knew I didn’t want a big, traditional dress, so I looked on Pinterest for a beautiful, slightly vintage-inspired one I would feel special in, and would be comfortable in. When I tried my dress on in the shop I knew it was the one, I just felt so special wearing it.

I was my own stationery designer and created the invites, order of service, print outs for the vows and the reading and table numbers. I also hand wrote the welcome sign, the seating chart and the place cards using brush lettering.

I love flowers. They feature a lot in my work and I adore having them in my house, so they were very important to me.

The plan was to let the flowers take centre stage and to not need any other decorations. We went for peonies, anemones and David Austin roses.

I absolutely loved getting ready with my mum and my two bridesmaids. It was just such a special time of anticipation and it was so lovely to all help each other do the hair and makeup. And walking over from the hotel to the park for our first look was lovely, everybody stopped to say congratulations.

Everything went perfectly on the day apart from the fact that I was ill with a sinus infection, but lots of paracetamol, nose spray and adrenalin got me through it!

My advice for brides-to-be? Think about how you will feel on the day. If you think you might be anxious or stressed, plan ways to cope with that. I didn’t want to be stressed before or during the wedding, so I kept things simple and did minimal DIY projects. There was no set up or clear up required at the venue. We just turned up and got married.

If you’re thinking of doing a first look, do it! It really helps with the pre-ceremony nerves.

Steal their style!

PHOTOGRAPHY: Emily Quinton FLORIST: Your London Florist CEREMONY VENUE: Clissold House RECEPTION VENUE: The Rose and Crown DRESS: French Connection BRIDESMAIDS’ DRESSES: ASOS CAKE: My Little Cake Tin 

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